Tereesa Padgett (1921-2003) came to live near Boynton Beach in 1947 with her husband, Carl Padgett (1911-1963), when they came to assist on his brother's farm west of town. Later, she went to work in the Boynton Beach City Clerk office in 1952 and retired from that office in 1983 as City Clerk. She was also very active in the Boynton community organizations, including serving as president of the Boynton Woman's Club (1990-1991)
Interviewed by Caryn Neumann on 10 August 1992 for the Boynton Beach City Library Oral History Project. A wide number of topics were briefly discussed, including her work as City Clerk with the City of Boynton Beach, the negatives of school integration, and her activities in local organizations such as the Boynton Woman's Club, the Baptist Church, and the American Legion Auxiliary. Also briefly discussed her experiences during World War II, when she and her husband were stationed in Miami and Busnell, Florida.
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00:48 Came to Florida to help run farm in 1947
06:13 Changes in Boynton Beach government
07:16 Volunteer fire department
08:34 Police department - having to frisk women suspects for the all-male police force
10:36 Attracting businesses to town
16:25 School integration negatives, civil rights march on City Hall
19:10 Cold War Civil Defense preparations
20:02 Moving city hall
22:36 President of the Boynton Woman's Club 1990, formation of foundation for care of building
26:30 Bernard Thomas
27:29 Junior Woman's Club, Sorosis
30:11 Other volunteer activities
31:23 American Legion Auxiliary
32:00 Soroptimist Club
33:15 Baptist Church
35:47 Cemetery Board
37:03 Early life
38:55 WWII. Moved around with husband '42 to '45.
Finding aid created October 2019 by Georgen Charnes.
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